Photography Provided By: Lance Gerber
Photography Provided By: Lance Gerber

Discover Your Creative Potential At These 9 Palm Springs Art Museum Workshops 

Get Inspired and Attend An Artist Workshop at the Palm Springs Art Museum

Written By: Rex Lee Searcey
Photography Provided By: Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Workshops in Palm Springs

For aspiring artists or those simply seeking personal enrichment, the beautiful Palm Springs Art Museum offers a variety of artist workshops. Taught by well-known artists who are leaders in their fields, these classes will help you tap into your creative side through a variety of different mediums. Classes average 12 students for maximum individual attention. Attend one of these nine workshops for an intriguing, hands-on art class you’re sure to love!


1 | Transcendental Texture Artist Workshops in Palm Springs

Mark Making with Fabric: An Introduction to Tufting and Loop Pile Textile Art, with Svetlana Shigroff

When: Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Participants will learn the textile weaving processes of loop pile and tufting with the opportunity to create their own tapestry art. Shigroff says, “Hand tufting is a rewarding process. My workshops are an exchange of knowledge, ideas and good humor. Everyone brings something unique and leaves with something authentically theirs.”


2 | Preternatural Painting Artist Workshops in Palm Springs

Guided Meditation and Symbolic Painting, with Caris Reid

When: Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

“I’m interested in the way images and symbols speak directly to the subconscious.  I’ll encourage participants to move beyond the limits of their rational minds and through meditation and painting, connect more deeply to an intuitive and creative space,” says Reid. Participants will experience guided meditation, after which they will be encouraged to paint in a more meditative state, incorporating images from dreams, meditation, nature and life.


3 | Reaching New Heights Artist Workshops in Palm Springs

Creative Painting with Kwok Wai Lau, two five-day sessions

When: Jan. 20-24 and Mar. 16 -20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Kwok Wai Lau helps intermediate and advanced artists fully develop their unique style through his expertise in a wide variety of concepts, techniques and mediums. Participants will receive individualized instruction, including demonstrations, discussion and assignments. Concepts and techniques will range from realism to abstraction and utilize mediums such as watercolor, acrylic, oil and collage.

4 | Tactile Explorations

Materiality: The Tactile Experience with Cameron Taylor-Brown

When: Feb. 1, 1-3 pm.

Create mixed-material collages inspired by artist Anni Albers’ essay ‘Tactile Sensibility,’ in this playful exploration of materials that is essential to “regain a faculty that was once so naturally ours.” Using a wide variety of materials such as paper, cardboard, foil, sticks, buttons, pebbles, seeds, wire and fibers, participants will create collages and explore the elemental importance of materials as a starting point in any artistic medium. The workshop includes the public talk “Anni Albers: Life and Legacy,” 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


5 | Camera’s Out!

Field Photography with Lance Gerber

When:  Feb. 29, and Mar. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Through his deep, personal connection to the desert landscape and his insightful interpretations, Gerber will guide participants in exploring new perspectives and aesthetic visions to encourage creativity and gain technical know-how in this two-day workshop. Attendees will spend one day learning landscape photography in the inspiring Palm Springs Indian Canyons paired with a second day of in-studio instruction. Through direction in both artistic and technical skills, participants will gain abilities to help them capture their vision.


6 | Exploring Inspiration

Media, Form and Content with Gerald Clarke

When: Mar. 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Clarke will help students understand how ideas are initiated, evolve, mature and come to fruition through an exploration of creativity, analytical thought and social awareness to enhance their studio practice. Students will write, sketch and discuss expressive ideas, and experience a walkthrough of the instructor’s current solo exhibition, Gerald Clarke: Falling Rock.


7 | Beautiful Imperfection Artist Workshops in Palm Springs

Mixed Media Abstract: Discovering Wabi Sabi with Lisa Agaran

When: Mar. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

The art of Japanese Wabi Sabi is centered around the importance of finding beauty in imperfection. “I expose students to techniques that create artwork with an unrefined, abstract and aged feel,” says Agaran. Each participant will create two abstract pieces incorporating different mixed-media techniques, acrylic applications, textiles and found objects, using abstract principles, such as composition, color harmony, texture and balance to create an abstract piece that captures the essence of Wabi Sabi.


8 | Beaded Bedazzlement Artist Workshops in Palm Springs

Beading with Brighid Pulskamp

When: Apr. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Pulskamp, who is Diné, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, will help participants create their own beaded jewelry designs. According to Pulskamp, “Each piece tells a unique story. The colors, the shapes and the images all have meaning lending to the expression of that personal story.”


9 | Turning Inward

Painting from the Inside Out with Ryan Schneider

When: Apr. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Schneider will focus on the interior landscape as opposed to the material world and, in doing so, will help participants capture and express what is not always seen but sensed, “in the ether” all around us. Schneider will help participants discover how to see with more than just their eyes, and how the basic building blocks of paintingcolor, form and texturecan be utilized to create a spiritual atmosphere in one’s work.


Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

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